In 2008 I walked away from my dreams of becoming a pro wrestler. After 9 months of training I left the NWA East pro wrestling academy because I had found a new passion; bodybuilding.
Over the next several years, I managed to pack on a lot of size. In 2014 I reached my record weight of 258 lbs. I was big, but I did not look like a bodybuilder and I was beginning to give up on the idea of competing.
Within that same year I lost both my grandparents. At my grandmother’s viewing I kneeled at her side and promised her I would make her proud. In the spring of 2015 I knuckled down and began preparing to compete in the NPC Elite Physique Championships later that fall. Every day as I trained for this competition I prayed to God and to my grandparents and thanked them for the strength and inspiration they had provided me with.
Over the course of a 28 week contest prep I dropped 68 lbs and on the day of the show I took 2nd place in my weight class. In 2017 I would compete again, placing 4th in my weight class at the NPC Mid Atlantic Cup, and a bitter 10th place in my weight class at the NPC Julie Palmer Ultimate Showdown.
I am now more determined than ever to bring a championship winning package to the stage. I have 6 months to improve. Then come January 2018 I begin prepping for the NPC Pittsburgh Championships.
Bodybuilding has taught me many values that can be applied to all aspects of life; to be disciplined, to have patience, to believe in yourself, and that hard work pays off. NEVER give up on your dreams.